The Igbos unhappy with ministers’ portfolios
Two popular Igbo associations, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Njiko Igbo, have expressed their disappointment over the portfolios handed out by President Muhammad Buhari to the new ministers.
According to The Punch, both groups claimed Buhari had overlooked their kinsmen for the more “juicy” ministries, instead, handing them the less influential ones.
They were reportedly disappointed with the appointments given to Ogbonnaya Onu and Dr. Chris Ngige.
“We are disappointed that somebody of the calibre of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu was assigned to Science and Technology ministry, even Dr. Chris Ngige should have been appointed as the Health Minister instead of Labour and Productivity,” said Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing.
“Okechukwu Enalama should have been appointed Minister of Finance.”
“Igbo ministers did not get juicy portfolios, except perhaps Ibe Kachikwu and Rotimi Amaechi, who are our brothers from the South-South.”
“We are not happy that we did not get the juicy portfolios, although we are happy that our brothers from the Niger Delta got.”
“Nevertheless, the era of impunity has gone and we expect all the Igbo ministers to perform excellently. We expect them to close ranks and work towards developing Igboland.”
The President of Njiko Igbo, Reverend Okechukwu Obioha, was more critical in his attack, saying Buhari’s act could lead to more agitation for an independent Biafra.
“They are adding more salt to the injury, we expected that. We can see that we (Igbo) are not wanted in this country. At the moment, the sharing of the national cake is between the North and the South-West.”
“What will Ngige be doing as Labour and Productivity minister when the Federal Government is not employing anyone, or creating jobs?”
“Even the Foreign Affairs portfolio that was given to an Igboman, Geoffrey Onyeama, is of no consequence because already Buhari has travelled to most of the countries and he will continue to do so.”
“He has travelled in six months more than the immediate past president travelled in six years. So the Foreign Affairs minister will just be a rubber stamp.”
“Buhari has taken the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for himself, making an Igboman the Minister of State.”
“So, Buhari has virtually given the Igbo nothing. But the problem is this will lead to more agitation for Biafra,” Obioha said.